PICKS OF THE WEEK
WED January 26, 2011
International House, 6:30 PM
Luis Bunuel Double Feature
Viridiana (1961), Spain, 90 min, 35mm
The Phantom of Liberty (1974), France, 104 min, 35mm
Erotic fantasy and absurdist comedy…FREE ADMISSION!!! What a treat.
THU January 27, 2011
International House, 7:00 PM
The Secret Cinema presents:
The Oldest Profession (1967)
Dir. Various, France, 109 min, 35mm
Rare 35mm print of this little seen French anthology film. A look at prostitution through the ages courtesy of pretty ladies (Jeanne Moreau, Raquel Welch) and talented directors including the great Jean-Luc Godard. This film is unavailable on DVD and will be screened with additional surprise shorts. Sure to be a night well spent.
Also screening this week:
Against the Tide (MON, 7:00 PM, Gershman Y), a documentary that examines the Roosevelt Administration during the Holocaust; a 1987 film about a killer alien named Predator (MON, 8:00 PM, Trocadero); One Book One Philadelphia continues with a screening of Smoke Signals (WED, 7:30 PM, BMFI); the fine folks over at Geekadelphia present a midnight screening of Kill Bill Vol. 1 (FRI, MIDNIGHT, Trocadero).
THEATRICAL RELEASES FOR FRIDAY JANUARY 28:
The Mechanic (Wide) Remake of the 1972 Bronson film with Jason Statham in the lead and Simon West at the helm. You know what to expect. I just realized that I haven’t seen a Jason Statham film since 2001’s Ghosts of Mars so maybe I shouldn’t judge…I’ve heard good things about those Crank movies.
Another Year (Ritz 5) Mike Leigh’s latest film concerns a happily married, middle-aged couple who zzzzz…
NOTE: I actually like quite a few Leigh films, but this synopsis is rather dry:
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. Family and friendship. Love and warmth. Joy and sadness. Hope and despair. Companionship. Loneliness. A birth. A death. Time passes… A happily married, middle-aged couple is visited by a number of friends who use them as confidants. Apple.com
Notable Blu-ray/DVD releases for TUE January 25:
Enter the Void, Santa Sangre, Dogtooth, Red Hill, Broadcast News (Criterion Collection)
Secretariat, Red, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Saw [3-D]: The Final Chapter, Nowhere Boy, Client 9: Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
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